Keller basketball loses regional quarterfinal in heartbreaking fashion

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The Keller boys basketball team was bounced from the Class 5A regional quarterfinals Tuesday in a heartbreaking overtime loss against Lubbock Coronado 55-48 in Midland.

With seconds remaining in regulation and a three-point lead, Keller missed a free throw. Coronado (26-6) got the rebound hit a 40-foot jumper, according to Keller coach Richard Durant, sending the game to overtime.

The momentum shift was just too much for Keller (24-6) in the extra time.

“Free throws didn’t help us,” Durant said. “They just scored first. We had a couple balls bounce off our hands. Nothing earth-shaking, they just made the first basket and then we turned it over.”

Keller struggled from the line throughout, hitting only 12 of 24.

Coronado advances to face DeSoto on Friday in the Region I tournament at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

• Arlington Bowie 67, El Paso Coronado 49: Arlingon Bowie made five 3-pointers in the second quarter, including three in a row by Fisal Elmi to lead the Volunteers (24-5) past El Paso Coronado (24-5) in Abilene.

Bowie trailed 12-10 after the first period, but long-range shooting helped the Volunteers outscore Coronado 20-6 second quarter to put Bowie up 30-18 at halftime. Elmi finished with 14 points.

Bowie maintained its lead through the third quarter, and put the game away with a 21-point fourth quarter. David Chavlovich led all scorers with 16 points, followed closely by Elmi and Jordan Versey with 10.

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